Event #11: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship

Break, A Little Bit Longer Now

• Level 4: 200-400, 0 ante

We're four levels down, four to go. It's that good ol' midday break here in the 5:00 P.M. event, and the players have a half hour to try and choke down some food from the poker kitchen.

Burr and Greenstein Chop Selbst

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When we reached Table 125, Melissa Burr, Barry Greenstein and Vanessa Selbst were in a hand with the board reading {4-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. Burr checked, Greenstein bet, and both Selbst and Burr called. The three players repeated the same actions on the turn ({9-Clubs}), and the river ({3-Clubs}).

Greenstein: {q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{2-Spades} - Low
Burr: {k-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Hearts}{3-Hearts} - High
Selbst: Mucked

Tags: Barry GreensteinMelissa BurrVanessa Selbst

A Face in the Crowd

• Level 4: 200-400, 0 ante
Phil Tom and his 2008 bracelet
Phil Tom and his 2008 bracelet

We just spotted Phil Tom in the field, and that's big news for any of you who (used to) play online poker. Tom was reportedly the main investor behind Absolute Poker, funneling money through his son and founder Scott to build one of the largest online poker rooms in the world.

There's some drama though, and we'd imagine there are a few people who aren't so happy to see Tom today. Long after Absolute was sold in 2006, his son Scott Tom's name resurfaced in connection with an alleged cheating scandal on the site. Father Phil came to his son's defense, fervently arguing that the allegations were ridiculous. Still, the poker community came to know Scott Tom as one of the cheaters behind screen name like "POTRIPPER" and "GREYCAT". In late 2008, rumors surfaced that both Scott and Phil Tom were under a sealed indictment from the federal government in connection with the scandal, rumors that never materialized.

Earlier this year, Scott Tom was indeed indicted, but not for cheating. His name came up as one of the 11 roped into the Department of Justice's crackdown on online poker, courtesy of the UIGEA. For now, nobody really knows where Scott is, but we've got Phil in the field with us today. He's not just a middle-aged guy with lots of money to throw around on poker, either. In 2008, at the height of the speculation about the cheating at Absolute Poker, Tom won his first bracelet in the $5,000 Shootout event, beating Greg Mueller heads up at a stacked final table. He has close to $700,000 in career earnings.

Tags: Phil Tom

Mercier Slipping


When we reached his table, Mercier was in a three-way pot with the board reading {10-Spades}{5-Spades}{q-Clubs}. Mercier and another player called a bet from a third opponent, and the turn brought the {7-Hearts}. Again, one player led, and Mercier and the third player called.

The river was the {5-Clubs}, and the player in first position slowed down, checking to Mercier who bet. The third player was his only caller, and Mercier mucked when he tabled {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} for two-pair: queens and tens.

Jason Mercier 19,000 -4,000

Brown Chopped by Case Ace

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Alex Kostritsyn, Andrew Brown and a third opponent saw a flop of {10-Spades}{8-Spades}{k-Diamonds}. The action checked to Brown who bet, and his two opponents called. There was a repeat performance after the {7-Hearts} turned, but when the {a-Clubs} fell on the river, Kostritsyn led out. Both the unknown player and Brown called.

Kostritsyn: {a-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{4-Hearts} - low
Brown: {a-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} - high
Third Opponent: Mucked

Brown said after the hand that the river was the, "case ace," and had to settle with half of the pot.

Tags: Alex KostritsynAndrew Brown

Dags Raises River, Forces Fold

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When we reached the table, John D'Agostino was heads-up with an opponent, and the board read {4-Hearts}{9-Spades}{2-Spades}. Both players checked. The turn was the {10-Diamonds}, and D'Agostino called a bet from his opponent. The river brought the {j-Clubs}, D'Agostino's opponent led again, but this time D'Agostino raised. His opponent mucked, and D'Agostino shipped the pot, pushing his stack to 36,000 chips.

Tags: John D'Agostino




Barry Greenstein 44,000 2,000
George Lind III 39,000 5,000
Freddy Deeb 38,000 3,000
Matt Hawrilenko 35,500 2,500
Scott Clements 35,000 5,000
Matt Savage 35,000 5,000
Yuval Bronshtein 34,000 -1,000
David Steicke 33,000 3,000
Steve Billirakis 33,000 -5,000
Joe Cassidy 33,000 3,000
John D'Agostino 33,000 2,000
Yueqi Zhu 32,100 2,100
Dan Heimiller 31,000 -1,000
Pat Pezzin 31,000 1,000
Chau Giang 30,500 500
Todd Brunson 30,000 -4,000
James Dempsey 28,500 -1,500
Erik Sagstrom 28,000 -2,000
Vanessa Selbst 27,000 -5,000
Eugene Katchalov 26,800 -1,200
Michael Mizrachi 26,500 -1,500
Matt Glantz 26,000 -4,000
Daniel Negreanu 25,300 1,300
Derek Raymond 24,200 -2,800
Allen Cunningham 24,000 -1,000

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Bolden Brings One In

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Three players including Amnon Filippi and Gary Bolden saw a flop of {k-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{2-Hearts}. The third player checked, Bolden bet, and he received two calls. The turn was the {9-Diamonds}, and the same action ensued except that the third player opted to fold.

The river was the {k-Hearts}, Bolden led, and Filippi folded. Bolden flashed {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for a full house, and raked in a pot to push his stack to 41,000 chips.

Tags: Amnon FilippiGary Bolden

Updated Chip Counts

Jean-Robert Bellande 44,000 -2,000
Barry Greenstein 42,000 2,000
Robert Mizrachi 40,000
Steve Billirakis 38,000 8,000
Eli Elezra 38,000
Dario Alioto 37,000
Dan Kelly 36,000 6,000
Mike Matusow 36,000 6,000
Mike Sexton 35,000 5,000
Men Nguyen 35,000 5,000
Freddy Deeb 35,000
Jeffrey Lisandro 34,000 500
Amnon Filippi 34,000 3,000
Todd Brunson 34,000 4,000
George Lind III 34,000 -1,000
Matt Hawrilenko 33,000 -3,000
John Hennigan 33,000 3,000
Justin Bonomo 33,000 3,000
Jerry Buss 33,000 3,000
Vanessa Selbst 32,000 6,000
Alex Kostritsyn 32,000 2,000
Dan Heimiller 32,000 4,000
John D'Agostino 31,000 1,000
Chau Giang 30,000
Scott Clements 30,000

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